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Occupational Report for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers (51-4121) , Oregon Statewide
Occupational Description

Use hand-welding, flame-cutting, hand soldering, or brazing equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.

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Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
Employment Outlook for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2010 was much larger than the statewide average for all occupations. This occupation is expected to grow at a somewhat faster rate than the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2020. The total number of job openings is projected to be much higher than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2020.

Reasonable employment opportunities exist.

Data Sources and Limitations
Current Employment Department Job Openings for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers There are 74 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 26 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
Welder (ADVM) 4/23/14 Vancouver DOE
Welder 4/22/14 Eugene $14.00/hr
Fabricator / Welder 4/17/14 Roseburg $17.10/hr to $18.83/hr DOE
soldering Positions Available in Beaverton, OR 4/15/14 Beaverton
Metal Welder / Fabricator 4/11/14 Clackamas DOE
Welder - Marine (OJT) (ADVM) 4/10/14 Portland $10.00/hr to $20.00/hr DOE
Welder/Fabricator 4/10/14 Aumsville $14.00/hr to $16.00/hr DOE
Welder / Fabricator Heavy Equipment 4/9/14 Beaverton DOE
Welder Fabricator 4/8/14 Eugene $12.75/hr to $16.00/hr DOE
Production MIG Welder 4/8/14 Albany $12.50/hr
Welder Fabricator 4/7/14 Albany $14.00/hr to $18.00/hr
Certified Welder 4/7/14 Corvallis $10.00/hr to $20.00/hr DOE
Aluminum Boat Welder / Fabricator 4/2/14 Roseburg $12.00/hr DOE
Salvage Welder B 4/1/14 Albany $17.05/hr to $25.49/hr DOE
Fabricator / Welder 3/31/14 Salem DOE, Neg.
Specialist - Welding Process 3/31/14 Portland Neg.
Traveling Journey-Level Combination/ TIG Welder 3/28/14 Albany $20.00/hr to $25.00/hr DOE
Journeylevel Carbon Pipe Welder & Pipefitter 3/28/14 Albany $20.00/hr to $25.00/hr DOE
Welder 3/26/14 Eugene $17.00/hr
Production Mig Welder 3/25/14 Albany $12.50/hr
TIG Welder 3/20/14 Albany $10.00/hr to $15.00/hr
Welder / Fabricator (ADVM) (Immediate Need) 3/20/14 Hillsboro $18.00/hr to $20.00/hr DOE
Welder/Assembler 3/18/14 White City
Welder 3/14/14 Hermiston DOE
Welder - Journey Level (Shipyard) (ADVM) 3/13/14 Portland DOE
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Job Openings from the Web for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers There are no openings for this occupation.
State of Oregon License Information for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers No statewide license is required for this occupation.
Wages for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
Region ---------------- 2013 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Oregon Statewide $12.63 $14.71 $18.08 $21.47 $23.87 $18.24 $37,952
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 14.14 15.99 17.56 19.66 31.49 19.14 39,809
Multnomah / Washington 12.67 14.79 18.90 21.81 24.03 18.57 38,611
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 11.91 13.28 16.05 20.11 23.80 16.95 35,256
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 12.54 14.50 17.64 22.04 26.21 18.37 38,208
Lane 12.65 14.78 17.18 19.90 22.75 17.43 36,244
Douglas 13.42 15.47 17.35 20.06 25.72 18.32 38,113
Jackson / Josephine 12.61 15.05 17.44 20.94 23.82 17.92 37,255
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 12.87 14.06 16.48 20.16 22.78 17.62 36,643
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 12.38 13.86 16.36 18.87 24.38 17.05 35,467
Klamath / Lake 11.75 13.63 15.94 17.58 18.57 15.49 32,216
Morrow / Umatilla 12.63 13.64 15.62 19.08 26.08 17.55 36,512
Baker / Union / Wallowa 11.02 14.91 16.87 19.44 21.94 16.67 34,689
Grant / Harney / Malheur 12.30 13.27 14.89 18.66 22.13 16.04 33,367
Clackamas 13.97 16.82 19.89 22.33 24.93 19.56 40,683
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Regional Employment Projections for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2010 2020 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 4,282 5,215 933 21.8% 93 127 220
Multnomah / Washington 1,859 2,256 397 21.4% 40 55 95
Clackamas 428 515 87 20.3% 9 13 22
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 414 494 80 19.3% 8 12 20
Lane 393 474 81 20.6% 8 12 20
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 210 263 53 25.2% 5 6 12
Jackson / Josephine 200 244 44 22.0% 4 6 10
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 127 147 20 15.7% 2 4 6
Morrow / Umatilla 97 117 20 20.6% 2 3 5
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 97 122 25 25.8% 3 3 5
Douglas 95 118 23 24.2% 2 3 5
Baker / Union / Wallowa 79 95 16 20.3% 2 2 4
Coos / Curry 64 76 12 18.8% 1 2 3
Grant / Harney / Malheur 49 59 10 20.4% 1 1 2
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 47 60 13 27.7% 1 1 3
Klamath / Lake 44 49 5 11.4% 0 1 1

These estimates do not include self-employment. Replacement openings are caused by existing workers permanently leaving their occupation. Many additional job openings occur due to job changes within occupations.
Data Sources and Limitations
Industries of Employment for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
Industry
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Ownership 2010
Employment
Construction Private 184
Construction of Buildings Private 69
Nonresidential Building Construction Private 67
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction Private 52
Specialty Trade Contractors Private 63
Manufacturing Private 3,337
Primary Metal Manufacturing Private 331
Foundries Private 259
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing Private 941
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing Private 402
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing Private 147
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing Private 104
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing Private 244
Machinery Manufacturing Private 853
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing Private 186
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing Private 352
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing Private 81
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing Private 198
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing Private 115
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing Private 68
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing Private 43
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing Private 915
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing Private 203
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing Private 39
Ship and Boat Building Private 216
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing Private 34
Miscellaneous Manufacturing Private 66
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing Private 48
Wholesale Trade Private 219
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods Private 207
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers Private 33
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers Private 82
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers Private 41
Retail Trade Private 35
Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers Private 33
Transportation and Warehousing Private 108
Rail Transportation Private 42
Support Activities for Transportation Private 33
Support Activities for Road Transportation Private 33
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services Private 100
Administrative and Support Services Private 68
Employment Services Private 68
Other Services (except Public Administration) Private 192
Repair and Maintenance Private 192
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance Private 152
Educational Requirements for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers Workers typically need a high school diploma or equivalent and less than one year of related work experience to enter this occupation. Those with a postsecondary non-degree award have a competitive advantage in the labor market. In addition, long-term on-the-job training is typically needed, once employed, to attain competency in the skills needed in this occupation.
Skills for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
  • Apply Laser Technology
  • Apply Metal Forming And Shaping Techniques And Processes
  • Apply Protective Coatings
  • Apply Quality Assurance Techniques
  • Assemble Metal Components
  • Follow Safety Procedures
  • Identify Base Metals For Welding
  • Inspect Components During Manufacturing
  • Maintain Welding Machines And Equipment
  • Maneuver Heavy Objects
  • Operate Cranes, Hoists, Or Mechanical Booms
  • Operate Precision Measuring Devices, Tools And Equipment
  • Operate Soldering Equipment
  • Operate Specialized Metal Shaping Machines
  • Perform Mig Welding (Gas Metal Arc Welding Or Gmaw)
  • Perform Tig Welding (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Or Gtaw)
  • Perform Combination Welding
  • Perform Flux Core Arc Welding (Fcaw)
  • Perform Overhead Welds
  • Perform Stick Welding (Shielded Metal Arc Welding Or Smaw)
  • Perform Vertical Welds
  • Read And Understand Operating Manuals
  • Read Schematics And Specifications
  • Recognize Characteristics Of Metals Or Alloys
  • Set Up Machine Tools
  • Understand Manufacturing Methods And Techniques
  • Use Acetylene Torch
  • Use Algebra
  • Use Basic Mathematics
  • Use Geometry
  • Use Metric System
  • Use Non-Destructive Test Equipment
  • Weld Metal Parts
Schools and Training Providers for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers The training providers listed below offer programs related to this occupation. This information is updated once per year. Anyone interested in a particular program should check with the training institution regarding its availability. Listing these training providers does not necessarily constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Oregon.

Lane Community College
4000 E 30th Ave
Eugene, OR 97405-0640
Phone: (541) 463-3000
Programs of Training:
Angell Job Corps Center
335 NE Blogett Road
Yachats, OR 97498
Phone: (541) 547-3137
Programs of Training:
Linn-Benton Community College
6500 Pacific Blvd SW
Albany, OR 97321
Phone: (541) 917-4999
Programs of Training:
Timber Lake Job Corps Center
59868 E Highway 224
Estacada, OR 97023
Phone: (503) 834-2291
Programs of Training:
Chemeketa Community College
4000 Lancaster Dr NE
Salem, OR 97305
Phone: (503) 399-5000
Programs of Training:
Rogue Community College
3345 Redwood Hwy
Grants Pass, OR 97527-9291
Phone: (541) 956-7501
Programs of Training:
Tongue Point Job Corps Center
37573 Old Highway 30
Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: (503) 325-2131
Programs of Training:
Clatsop Community College
1653 Jerome Ave
Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: (503) 325-0910
Programs of Training:
Southwestern Oregon Community College
1988 Newmark Ave
Coos Bay, OR 97420-2193
Phone: (541) 888-2525
Programs of Training:
Umpqua Community College
1140 College Rd.
Roseburg, OR 97470-0226
Phone: (541) 440-4600
Programs of Training:
Wolf Creek Job Corps Center
2010 Opportunity Lane
Glide, OR 97443
Phone: (541) 496-3507
Programs of Training:
Mt Hood Community College
26000 SE Stark St
Gresham, OR 97030
Phone: (503) 491-6422
Programs of Training:
Blue Mountain Community College
2411 NW Carden Ave
Pendleton, OR 97801
Phone: (541) 276-1260
Programs of Training:
Treasure Valley Community College
650 College Blvd
Ontario, OR 97914
Phone: (541) 881-8822
Programs of Training:
Portland Community College
12000 SW 49th Avenue
Portland, OR 97219-7132
Phone: (503) 244-6111
Programs of Training:
Clackamas Community College
19600 Molalla Ave
Oregon City, OR 97045-8980
Phone: (503) 657-6958 x2313
Programs of Training:
Klamath Community College
7390 South Sixth Street
Klamath Falls, OR 97603-7121
Phone: (541) 882-3521
Programs of Training:
Albany Weld-Trade School
912 Old Salem Road N.E.
Albany, OR 97321
Phone: (541) 928-9353
Programs of Training:
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers These Oregon community colleges have defined career pathway roadmaps to facilitate entry into this occupation:

Blue Mountain Community College
Chemeketa Community College
Clackamas Community College
Clatsop Community College
Klamath Community College
Lane Community College
Mt Hood Community College
Portland Community College
Rogue Community College
Treasure Valley Community College
Umpqua Community College